Rumor: macOS code base hints at possible “Hey Siri” functionality, A10 Fusion co-processor for iMac Pro

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Date: Monday, November 20th, 2017, 03:00
Category: Developer, Hardware, iMac, Processors, Rumor, Siri

It’s just a rumor right now, but it’s got some interesting sources behind it.

Developers Guilherme Rambo and Stephen Troughton-Smith, who’ve been exploring the macOS, have found references to the “Hey Siri” function in the code base with support for multiple user accounts, just as macOS has long supported user switching.

At present, it’s been rumored that the iMac Pro could feature an A10 Fusion coprocessor which could manage the “Hey Siri” functionality as well as the boot process, security, and the FaceTime camera. It also appears that the inclusion of the A10 Fusion allows the iMac Pro to accept the voice command ‘Hey Siri’ rather than requiring the click in macOS on the Siri icon or keystroke to prompt Siri.

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Apple acquires/hires Init.ai staff to help guide new Siri functions, iOS 11 Business Chat

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Date: Thursday, October 5th, 2017, 05:10
Category: Developer, iOS, News, Siri, Software

Apple has apparently acquired/hired the staff of Init.ai, a small, six person startup known for its customer service automation software.

Init.ai’s product is described as the following:

…a smart assistant for customer representatives to parse and get better insights from their interactions with users, as well as automate some of the interactions…

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watchOS developer beta 1 points to LTE music, radio streaming

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Date: Thursday, September 28th, 2017, 05:02
Category: Apple Watch, Developer, iCloud, News, Siri, Software, watchOS, Wearables

Apple’s newly released watchOS 4.1 developer beta features expansions to the Apple Watch’s built-in Music app. This includes the ability to stream songs from Apple Music and iTunes Match via an LTE connection on the new Series 3 hardware.

The company has stated that LTE music streaming for the Apple Watch Series 3 will be available to the public in October at the earliest. The watchOS 4.1 developer beta 1 suggests that the feature will be available for launch within the coming weeks.

The release notes stated that users will be able to stream any song from either the Apple Music or iCloud Music Library. This also includes tracks purchased from iTunes and songs matched with iTunes Match.

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Apple releases iOS 11 update

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Date: Wednesday, September 20th, 2017, 05:06
Category: iOS, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, News, Siri, Software

On Tuesday, Apple released its long-awaited iOS operating system.

As usual, the update can be installed through the General Settings –> Software Update menus on your iOS device or through iTunes when connected to your Mac or Windows PC.

The change list goes as follows and includes significant changes all around:

App Store
• All-new App Store designed for discovering great apps and games everyday
• New Today tab helps you discover new apps and games with stories, how-to guides, and more
• New Games tab to find new games and see what’s most popular with top game charts
• Dedicated Apps tab with top picks, dedicated app charts, and app categories
• App pages include more video previews, Editors’ Choice badges, easier access to user ratings, and information about in-app purchases

Siri
• New Siri voice is more natural and expressive
• Translate English words and phrases into Chinese, French, German, Italian or Spanish (beta)
• Siri suggestions based on your usage of Safari, News, Mail, and Messages
• Works with notes apps to create to-do lists, notes and reminders
• Works with banking apps for account transfer and balances
• Works with apps that display QR codes
• Hindi and Shanghainese dictation

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Apple releases iOS 11 beta 9 to developer community

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Date: Friday, September 1st, 2017, 04:15
Category: Apple Pay, Developer, iOS, News, photos, Siri, Software

Only three days after its last release, Apple has made the ninth beta version of iOS 11 available to the developer community to test and provide feedback on.

The timing suggests that a release is imminent in conjunction with new products that need the operating systems to function.

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Apple releases iOS 11 developer beta 8

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Date: Tuesday, August 29th, 2017, 05:54
Category: Developer, iCloud, iPhone, Siri, Software

Apple’s getting closer to releasing iOS 11 and has let is eighth developer beta for the mobile operating system out the door.

The most notable changes in the new beta include back-end enhancements and an improved voice for Siri as well as Apple Pay and Photos services enhancements.

The company has apparently also included a Do Not Disturb While Driving feature since the second beta.

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Developer comments on newly-released HomePod firmware, points out new interface changes

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Date: Monday, July 31st, 2017, 05:41
Category: Developer, HomePod, iOS, News, Siri, Software

Late Friday, Apple released firmware for its upcoming HomePod smart speaker system to the developer community.

Not long after, developer Steve Troughton-Smith revealed the following details about the new firmware:

HomePod firmware code (labeled AudioAccessory1,1) shows that the smart speaker runs the full iOS stack like an iPhone without a screen and relies on a shell app called SoundBoard (presumably like SpringBoard on iOS).

Like Apple’s other products, HomePod will support accessibility features including VoiceOver according to the firmware code.

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Apple unveils iOS 11 at WWDC

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Date: Monday, June 5th, 2017, 15:02
Category: Developer, iOS, News, Siri, Software, WWDC

iOS 11 is around the corner and it looks like Apple is planning some pretty meaty changes along with it.

Over at WWDC, the company announced the following changes to the mobile operating system, which will also include an augmented reality kit as well as CoreML, which gives developers access to on-device machine learning capabilities.

Apple offered the following list of forthcoming changes:

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Apple announces HomePod speaker at WWDC, will ship device in December

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Date: Monday, June 5th, 2017, 14:34
Category: Hardware, News, Siri, WWDC

Apple’s much-rumored speaker is en route.

Apple today announced its speaker, the HomePod a wireless speaker powered by Apple’s A8 chip with Siri integration that’s just under 7 inches tall.

Phil Schiller, the company’s VP of Worldwide Marketing, offered the following comment:

“HomePod packs powerful speaker technology, Siri intelligence and wireless access to the entire Apple Music library into a beautiful speaker that is less than 7 inches tall, can rock most any room with distortion free music and be a helpful assistant around your home.”

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Rumor: Apple begins manufacturing Siri Speaker, will debut unit at WWDC 2017

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Date: Thursday, June 1st, 2017, 05:43
Category: Developer, Hardware, Rumor, Siri, WWDC

Apple’s long-awaited Siri Speaker may already be going through the manufacturing process with a debut date at WWDC 2017.

Per Bloomberg, sources have stated that Apple’s smart speaker system will feature “virtual surround sound technology” and deep integration with Apple’s current lineup. Prototype testing apparently began began months ago and the manufacturing company behind Apple’s AirPods will also be responsible for building out the new speaker.

Sources have also stated that the audio technology within the speaker will be louder and “reproduce sound more crisply” then rivals, and that Apple has considered measuring room acoustics to adjust sound levels.

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